For Antiques & Collectables:
Singapore & Malaysia 2003/4 by Monsoon Guides
(Monsoon Books, 248 pp) $16.00 US
Asia offers rich pickings in antiques. Singapore and Malaysia are no
exceptions. This book serves as an excellent guide for the antique aficionado
and the cultural traveller alike. As Peter Nahum, Antiques Roadshow
valuer and former Sothebys Director puts it the ideal book
for anyone hot on the antiques trail in Malaysia and Singapore!
It is an easy to read guide listing the many antique shops in Singapore
and neighbouring Malaysia. The guide comes with a Highly Recommended
listing at the beginning of each section.
The index at the end of the book is subdivided according to items and
For example if you are only interested in silver jewellery or Chinese
ceramics, you will get a listing of all shops under that category; a
most convenient feature for the busy shopper.
Apart from antique and collectibles shop, this guide also lists the
addresses of antique related services like repair shops, appraising
agencies and shippers that ship the items internationally. The Malaysian
listings are further sub-divided by states. Penang and Malacca are the
places to go to shop for Straits Chinese or Peranakan antiques, while
Kuching, in Sarawak, offers the antiques of the Ibans and other ethnic
groups of this East Malaysian state.
Each listing comes complete with the usual information (addresses, opening
hours and types of credit cards accepted) and additional information
such as year of establishment, quantity and services provided. A chronological
listing of Asian dynasties and a list of recommended books for further
reading will please the most avid of collectors and introduce the beginner
to the world of Asian antiquing. The glossary at the end of the book
is most useful for novice collectors. Overall the guide is light on
pictures but more importantly full of essential information. Anyone
planning a visit to these parts of Southeast Asia will find this guide
Antique lovers, in particular, will find this guide a valuable resource
in their quest for unique pieces.
© Jaswinder Kaur November 2003
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